10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Stunningly beautiful views, magnificent food and sumptuous accomodation...
"We were greeted with a warm and friendly welcome and shown to our magnificent room with views over the sea from both the bed and the bath. Impressed by all the little details including the sloe gin in a decanter by our bedside! 'Dinner outside in the POD' was away from the madding crowd and therefore as romantic as we had hoped! The sea's rise and fall kept our attention while tucking into an extravagant breakfast at the terrace. We would recommend this extraordinary place to anyone."
- Travel date: 13th August 2009
Throwing Money At Something Doesn't Make It Right
"Having known this pub through good and bad for many years, I find it difficult to stomach that due to the high profile of its owner, it has achieved instant media notoriety. I am sure that I would write a good review, as a journalist staying for free. However, surely the product needs to be right before the reputation can be built. The rooms are very charming but do not command the tariff. The lunch time offering is very weak. The evening offering is also limited and doesn't even meet the standards of local Hall & Woodhouse pubs at half the price (Similar style menus - better product and pricing). You cant by atmosphere with a refurb either. Generally the food is most disappointing, The staff may try, but are poorly trained. The fantastic setting of the outside area is spoilt by not having enough covers for lunchtime dining but far too many deck chairs that are seldom in use - a waste. There is no direct access into the garden. Therefore, every customer must pass though a small area of the bar, where you also must also order, and the menus are sited. This creates the most bizarre sort of scrum as people arrive, leave, choose, order - not fun. I understand that paying through the nose allows some people to imagine quality, but there are too many things badly wrong here."
- Travel date: 4th August 2009
Simply wonderful in every respect
"I just can't speak highly enough of the Cary Arms. The location is perfection, the staff are friendly and attentive without being overbearing, and the food is sublime. Seriously, I have stayed at some of the best hotels for both business and pleasure, but rarely have I found anywhere where the staff offer such attention to detail. The view from the room was breathtaking, and the fact that it rained non-stop all weekend didn't detract at all. The breakfast...... well I am still dreaming about it now!. In addition to all this, there is an outside open fire which you can sit beside all night if you want, and having dinner in the 'pod' is just an amazing experience. I can't thank the Manager and the staff enough for what was a simply perfect anniversary break. We will be back!"
- Travel date: 3rd August 2009
Amazing scenery, lovely room, exceptional service
"Rooms are well decorated with lovely touches such as rock on your pillow and the use of the residents saloon and private sun terrace makes the cary arms value for the money you pay. The views from the terrace are breathtaking and the food is of a very high quality and is priced accordingly. The staff are all extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the local area as well as the food and drink they are serving. Everything is lovely and clean and the atmosphere at the evening dinners was just right. Would recommend to people of all ages, especially familys as it is very family friendly, with children being given fishing rods on arrival and even dogs getting their own food bowl and beds in some rooms!"
- Travel date: 3rd August 2009
Came for one day, stayed for three!
"We headed towards the south west with a week off work, a handful of guidebooks and the vague intension of being guided by impulse. Iâd made a note of The Cary Arms after seeing it listed in the Times 10 best British seaside stays. After phoning ahead to check there were still rooms we decided to take a chance and just drive there and see if we liked it. Well, even on approach the setting is so lovely we had already pretty much decided, but the room rate being pretty top-end, we still needed convincing by the internal setting. We neednât have worried. The Manageress and staff were exceptionally welcoming, giving us a tour of guest areas & rooms. We decided on âFleet Admiralâ with its front facing windows over the bay and terrace with seating area to the left. We then spent the remainder of the day enjoying the evening sun on the terrace before moving inside for dinner (the Baked Cod with Crushed Pots was very good) and then moved into the lounge with our drinks for a game of (who is worst at) pool and a quiet read. We rose well rested the next morning and ambled down to the bar for breakfast over those lovely views. The choices included cooked traditional or vegetarian, porridge, pancakes with maple syrup, smoked fish, and you could help yourself to fresh fruit, yogurt & juices etc. The staff take your order and bring over fresh tea/coffee. Breakfast is supposed to finish at 10am but we never felt any pressure to finish up. It didnât take long to make up our minds that we were fairly unlikely to find anywhere we liked as much by moving on so made the decision to stay another day. It meant moving rooms to âVice Admiralâ, which took about 5 minutes and was also a lovely bright room with balcony overlooking the bay. No shower this time but a huge well equipped bathroom. On reflection I think we actually preferred this room. It was smaller, but very cosy, and we actually slept better, leaving the balcony door open so you could here the waves on the shore below at night. And then we decided to stay another night! The only drawback we could find was that after three nights of the same menu in the restaurant we could have done with a change, and the presentation & quality of choices on the menu werenât always consistent. Oh, and please ditch the âfriesâ and stick to the home made chips, they were much better! We also found that some nights the waiting staff would take our drinks order at the table, while other nights we were told to order at the bar. But overall all the staff a very cheerful lot, willing to go out of their way to help in any way they could. Very impressed by the Manageress Jo and her team who seems to have things well in order, and Ian who was visiting from âhead officeâ and is obviously very passionate about the place and wanting it to succeed. Which we have every faith it will. Hope to return again next year, maybe even to better weather."
- Travel date: 21st July 2009
what a place!
"I wanted to get away with my partner for a break on the coast and found the Cary Arms. The best of both worlds explains this 'Inn on the beach'. Great contemporary rooms in a traditional pub with fantastic views right next to the beach. The food was very good and priced accordingly. We had a lovely break with a bit of horse riding added to the mix (organised by the Cary) at an 'Inn' thats as close to the sea as you can probably get!"
- Travel date: 21st July 2009
Amazing food views and Dolphins
"We have visited The Cary Arms on a few occasions now each for a different reason. We have been pampered in the Spa and I can recommend the hot stones. Having been shown the bedrooms we were impressed with the tasteful decoration and each room is light and airy with luxurioos bathrooms and amazing views. Ours meals were delicious,filling and good value for money. While soaking up the atmosphere and views a Pod of dolphins swam by. What more could you ask for, good food amazing views and dolphins?!"
- Travel date: 21st July 2009
Poor service by depressed staff- bar full of loud teenagers
"Location beautiful. Spoilt by poor surly depressed staff who appear unmanaged. We expected a mix of visitors but on the day we were there the bar was full of loud but stupid teenagers who would have been more comfortable at a Wetherspoons curry night, drink all you can for Â£1. The bar tries hard to be authentic but the undusted sailing boats add a twee trying too hard touch. The very steep drive/walk down to the hotel is not really worth it. If the weather had been better it would have been pleasant to sit outside and enjoy the views. The food is fine but nothing special for the price. Rooms are pleasantly understated but the overall feel of the place is not welcoming and of average value for money."
- Travel date: 6th July 2009
"We had the great pleasure of staying at this newly refurbished hotel in Babbacombe over the perfect weekend of the 30th May. The accomodation was spotless, the meals great and the location stunning. Mike Scott"
- Travel date: 1st June 2009
good food, super views
"We visited the Cary Arms over the weekend with a couple of our clients. We sat outside and had a really good lunch, the views were super. The weather was a bit dull but we stayed warm next to the outdoor fireplace. A member of staff gave us a tour of the bedrooms which were very impressive, particularly the 'dog room' - it seems that dogs get their very own designer bed and water bowl! Good selection of local ales including Otter. The mix of people was nice with an over all relaxing atmosphere."
- Travel date: 19th May 2009
Cary Arms & Spa is also called
- The Cary Arms